Finding the Carbon in Sugar
What Happens When Wood Burns?
Ask students, Have you ever watched a campfire burn? What actually happens when you burn something? What does campfire wood look like after the fire goes out? Students should recognize that wood turns into ashes as it burns. When something burns, a chemical reaction occurs, in which the fuel—the thing that is burning—combines rapidly with oxygen, releasing energy as a byproduct.
- Photo of a small fire in a backyard fire pit courtesy of Jon Sullivan. Released into the public domain.
- Moreno N., and B. Tharp. (2011). The Science of Global Atmospheric Change Teacher’s Guide. Third edition. Baylor College of Medicine.
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